Lieutenant Colonel Charles Ramsey WHITE, DSO
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Lieutenant Colonel Charles Ramsey WHITE. DSO, C de G.
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Lieutenant Colonel Charles Ramsey WHITE, DSO

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Lieutenant Colonel Charles Ramsey WHITE, DSO, Belgian Order of the Crown and the Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

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The following information on Lieutenant Colonel White has been provided by John Hamblin (<>);-

2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment attached to the 6th (Service) Battalion.

Charles Ramsey White was born the son of Sir William K.H.R. and Lady Edith Laura (nee Paris) White of "Leahurst", Tickhill in Rotherham.

He was educated at Oatlands School, Harrogate, in Yorkshire leaving there in 1892 for Hazelwood School which he left in the summer of 1895. He went on to Wellington College where he was in Hill House leaving in 1896.

He served in the South African War with the Yorkshire Regiment as a Captain and as Regimental Transport Officer from 1900 to 1902. He took part in operations at Cape Colony south of the Orange River from January to August 1900 Orange River Colony from September to the 29th of November 1900 and was there again from January to April 1902. He was awarded the King’s Medal with two clasps, and the Queen's Medal with two clasps. He was promoted to Captain in the 22nd of October 1904. He left the army in 1907 and went into business in Burma.

He rejoined the army on the outbreak of war and went out to France as a Captain in November 1914 as a replacement. He was wounded at Neuve Chappelle on the 10th of March 1915, and invalided home. He went to Egypt as a Major in 1915 and returned to France in 1916. He took command of the 6th Battalion in September 1917 but was sent home sick in May 1918 where the regimental history records “For long he had struggled against illness, in fact it may be doubted whether he had ever really been fit enough to be passed for field service.”.

He was awarded the Belgian Order of the Crown and the Croix de Guerre (Belgium) on the 15th of April 1918, and became Commanding Officer of the 3rd Battalion.

He died suddenly on the 31st of March 1921

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